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We’ve awarded $155,000 in grants to our members this year!

We’re thrilled to announce that 2016 has been one of our largest re-granting years to date. In total, the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) has distributed $155,000 in funds back to our member organizations this year. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

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After Supreme Court deadlocks on immigration, what do we do now?

The Supreme Court’s split decision that fails to allow implementation of President Obama’s essential immigration programs is an undeniable setback for immigrant communities and the millions of people who would be eligible for relief under DAPA and DACA+. The ruling is disappointing, but it is not an end to our fight. So what do we do now?

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Supreme Court’s split decision on immigration is a major setback

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Detroit public high school gets major makeover thanks to Arab American Service Day volunteers

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12th Annual Service Day includes dozens of Arab American-led projects across the country

DETROIT—A group of 400 community volunteers and students from eight Dearborn and Detroit high schools teamed up for a major renovation of Detroit Public Schools’ Cody High School for National Arab American Service Day on May 14, 2016.

Several classrooms at the Detroit Institute of Technology (DIT) at Cody High School were in dire need of new ceilings. The old ceilings were unsafe and tiles had been falling down, some striking students. Several bathroom stalls were also missing doors, and the building's exterior and surrounding grounds needed a lot of attention. ACCESS, the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the U.S., partnered with The Greening of Detroit to renovate and beautify DIT at Cody High School and nearby Stein Park for Service Day. Volunteers began the process of installing new drop ceilings in classrooms, painted outdoor courts, planted a community garden and a butterfly garden, cleaned up debris, built a walking path and cleaned up nearby abandoned lots.

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Thousands of volunteers to undertake projects nationwide for Arab American Service Day

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Service Day to include dozens of Arab American-led projects from school makeovers to beach clean-ups

DEARBORN, Mich.—National Arab American Service Day will bring together thousands of volunteers from across the country on May 14, 2016, to tackle service projects that meet their communities’ and neighbors’ needs.

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Detroit high school to get major makeover thanks to Arab American Service Day volunteers

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Ceiling tiles fall regularly at several classrooms in the Detroit Institute of Technology (DIT) at Cody High School (Detroit Public Schools). Click here to see more "before" photos of the school.

12th Annual Service Day to include dozens of Arab American-led projects across the country

DETROIT—A group of 400 community volunteers and students from five Dearborn and Detroit high schools will undertake a major renovation of Detroit Public Schools' Cody Rouge High School and a nearby park for National Arab American Service Day on May 14, 2016.

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25 advocacy groups call on Coca-Cola to dissociate from bigoted political party conventions

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The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a program of ACCESS, and its Campaign to TAKE ON HATE are among 25 advocacy groups calling on The Coca-Cola Company to dissociate from political conventions where hateful rhetoric and bigotry would be highlighted and praised. 

In the last few months, candidates for public office have repeatedly disparaged Latino, Muslim, Arab and Black communities, as well as women, LGBT people and people with disabilities. Latinos have been referred to as criminals and rapists and it has been suggested that mosques should be monitored and shut down and that American Muslims should be registered to a database. In addition, supporters of candidates have engaged in violent acts against African Americans and other people of color.

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NNAAC welcomes newest member: Palestinian American Community Center

The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) is proud to announce it has recently grown to include members in 12 states across the country with the induction of our newest member, the Palestinian American Community Center (PACC). Welcome to the Network!

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We call for solidarity with Belgium, Turkey and all others who have suffered attacks

The National Network for Arab American Communities and its Campaign to TAKE ON HATE are shocked by today’s bombings in Brussels, Belgium. With similar attacks in Ankara, Turkey and Paris, France in recent months, the world has seen an increase in terrorist activity. We do not believe that violence is ever justifiable, nor is it the answer to combating hateful acts. 

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Let freedom ring! Historic black church challenges nation to ring long-stilled bell

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Against a contemporary backdrop of racial tension, Colonial Williamsburg will restore a church bell silent since segregation and let it ring for freedom for all of Black History Month. The National Network for Arab Americans (NNAAC) and its Campaign to TAKE ON HATE will participate in thisLet Freedom Ring Campaign.

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who prayed in our church, said that freedom rings. A silent bell represents unfinished work of freedom and equality. This bell, in this sacred and historic church, will be silent no more.” — Reginald F. Davis, Pastor of First Baptist Church

NNAAC, a national consortium of independent Arab American community-based organizations, is honored to support a campaign that brings issues of racism and civil rights to the forefront. NNAAC and its Campaign to TAKE ON HATE have been invited to be a part of the first to ring the restored bell of the First Baptist Church on Feb. 1, 2016, and have vowed to take the challenge and spread the word.

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